Pitti Palace, Florence
Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 2, 2012
The Pitti Palace (or Palazzo Pitti) is a huge Renaissance palace that was home to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and later King Victor Emanuel II. Now it houses several large galleries and is surrounded on three sides by the Boboli Gardens. The house was commissioned in 1458 by the Florentine banker Luca Pitti. In 1549, Pitti sold the house to Eleanora di Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de Medici, later Grand Duke of Tuscany. The palace is located on the south side of the Arno River, in a surprisingly pastoral setting.
This was a tough set of slides to edit because we spent two days wandering around the museum and the gardens. The first day was overcast but the second day was sunny. The photo above shows the front of the palace. I desaturated and cropped it because the sky was so grey. There are two wings extending from the main structure but you can only see one of the wings.
The palace and gardens are quite extensive. Although we bought a three-day ticket, we only managed to get back on two days (the third day was the same day as our visit to the Accademia and we were too tired to do a lot of walking. This site is well worth a visit but be prepared for a lot of walking! The gardens sprawl over a steep hill.
Below is the main palace seen from the back, showing the Fontana del Carciofo (Fountain of the Artichoke, 1641) on a terrace.
Below: corbel above doorway in inner courtyard.
Inner courtyard of main palace:
There was a wine festival in progress.
Lion relief on the front of the palace, facing the street.
View of the palace from the Neptune fountain, the main axis of the Boboli gardens:
View of the palace from above the Neptune fountain, with the Tuscan hills in the background: